A Critical Guide: Theatre

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Carousel. Nicholas Hytner's uplifting version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, with spectacular designs by Bob Crowley, has been extended to August (Shaftesbury, WC2, 071-379 5399).

Peter Brook is to work in England for the first time in 11 years with The Man Who . . . , a play about neurological disorders based on the work of Oliver Sacks, which opened in Paris last spring and has a short run at the Nottingham Playhouse (0602 419419, 26 Jan to 30 April).

It forms the centrepiece of an impressive season at the Playhouse which also features Josie Lawrence as Eliza Doolittle in a new production of Pygmalion (opens 24 Mar), and Tony Slattery as a businessman on a team-building exercise in Neville's Island (opens 27 Jan), directed by Jeremy Sams and written by Tim Firth.